It's been 2 months with Spark People. I began this past January 2nd and like to take a moment to reflect on my accomplishments and appreciate the changes I've made towards a healthier lifestyle.
From February 2nd - March 2nd, I lost 7.5 lbs, 1.5 inches off my waist, 1.25 inches from hips, and just nip off my thighs and arms. That brings me to a total weight loss of 24 lbs in 2 months and a BMI of 33, which while still very unhealthy, it is 4 points lower than when I started and only 3 away from being under obese. It's still a long way to go, but I don't feel like I'm sacrificing anything in my life right now so I'll take "slow and steady".
I also completed the steps for eating healthy challenge, which was not only eye opening, but a great life change. I shoot for a minimum of 5 fruit/veggies a day now - it's filling and satisfying, which I certainly did not expect. Five a day is getting easier as is at least 8 glasses of water. These are changes I am confident I can maintain.
I'm also half way through the stress busting challenge, something that is very important to me. I do not handle set backs or indicators of potential failure very well and this causes me to be extremely high strung and prone to debilitating anxiety. So far so good. I am much more aware of my triggers and escalating stress now, much like I became aware of my responses to food in month one. I am still finding ways to recover from these feelings, but at least I can identify them. Currently I am using exercise as my primary stress coping mechanism and loving it.
I have also come to respect my body rather than punish it. I have lactose and gluten issues, but would eat them anyway, accepting "punishment" as some sort of justice. I was always uncomfortable and in pain. Eliminating this poor decision making has certainly made a difference in my weight and self-worth.
That being said, I do have some goals for month three that I hope can help improve my health and happiness even further. I'm concerned that I will be landing myself in a plateau sooner or later and want to be prepared for if or when that is the case. But I also know one way to prevent this is by switching up what I am doing, and while I don't feel entirely comfortable with my routine, I want to try new things as well as return to old ones. I would like to begin swimming again and try a yoga class (they are free at my gym). Both I think are great for stress (calms my thoughts) and still a physical activity other than my trusty elliptical. I'd also like to discover two new recipes to add to my "tried and true" repertoire of food this month.
So I'm taking a deep breath, appreciating my accomplishments, and looking forward.